Sadly the organisers of the Right to Work march at the Tory party conference have had to inform us that the route of their march changed so it no longer goes past the two main venues and instead skirts the back streets of the city centre. Don’t worry though there’s always the petition! But is there more than meets the eye to this change of plans?
The route for the right to work march has been changed to make sure people can’t block off all three access points to the conference (which incidentally are Broad Street/Paradise Circus junction, Broad Street/Gas Street Junction & Bridge Street off Holiday street).
However whilst other people, including rank and file SWP and union members, are sent round the back streets and then packed off home in coaches at 4pm, the “Right to Work” elite and some international speakers will be gathering for the ‘right to work international rally’ at 271 Broad Street (a Walkabout pub) just yards from the conference centre.
A quick check on your online map of choice will show you that 271 Broad street is just a quick dash from the ICC (main location for the tory party conference) and next door to he Hyatt Regency Hotel (the other main venue). The RTW march comes down Gas street and turns left by the bridge away from the ICC. Even the most lefty friendly cop would block thats Bridge to prevent people turning right in to the ICC. Yet astonishingly the Walk About pub is within this “Red Zone”! Why didn’t they extend this invite to the rest of us? Why do we have to go home at 4, I mean it’s not getting dark quite THAT early is it?
I don’t want to be the one to jump to conclusions about Socialist / police / state collusion, but it is quite hard not too. Is it just us who think its strange how the cops suddenly changed their mind about the planned route and mysteriously the Trots are allowed to have their Rally next door to the conference centre.
We encourage people to ignore the right to work stewards telling you not to head towards broad street – of course right to work don’t want people to force there way into the conference zone, they have their own private invite to go there for a drink later and they don’t want a bunch of black clad sweaty anarchists clogging up the bar.
Also if you’re a radical getting a RtW coach up, you may want to engage in some conversations and get people to question the leadership over this one.
Original article by Anarchists against the cuts on http://www.indymedia.org.uk